Raleigh, N.C. — Supporters of the "Dream Act," an immigration reform proposal that would allow foreign-born young people in the U.S. illegally to attain citizenship, gathered in Raleigh Friday to advocate for the bill's passage.
The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week but stalled in the Senate. A vote is expected this weekend.
The politically potent measure would provide a path to legalization for those who entered the country before the age of 16; graduated high school or obtained a GED; have good moral character with no criminal record; and have at least five years of continuous presence in the U.S.
An estimated 2.1 million immigrants could be eligible, though it's likely a far smaller number would meet the bill's requirements.